7-year-old Bana Alabed tweets her life in besieged Aleppo, the horror of Syria airstrikes

Published 22.10.2016 20:03
Updated 22.10.2016 20:07
Twitter photo courtesy of @AlabedBana
Twitter photo courtesy of @AlabedBana

A seven-year-old Syrian girl has gained thousands of Twitter followers in just one month with her moving messages from the war-torn city of Aleppo.

"We are children, not terrorists. We want to live in peace," Bana Alabed, who lives in Aleppo's Tariq al-Bab district, told Anadolu Agency.

Bana's Twitter account -- @alabedbana -- has gathered more than 75,000 followers since it was created in September.

In it the slight, dark-haired child tweets in English, shares photographs of her neighborhood and posts videos of herself speaking to her thousands of followers.

Helped by her mother -- an English-language teacher -- Bana gives updates on the aerial bombardments which have devastated parts of her city and killed civilians.

She also posts videos and pictures of her and her brother writing or reading in an attempt to distract themselves from air strikes.

Bana has also directed tweets seeking help to U.S. President Barack Obama and U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May.

She told Anadolu Agency she created the Twitter account to show the world how Syrian children were being killed and to draw attention to the daily struggles they faced.

Syria has been locked in a vicious civil war since early 2011, when the Bashar al-Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protests -- which erupted as part of the "Arab Spring" uprisings -- with unexpected ferocity.

Since 2011, more than a quarter of a million people have been killed and more than 10 million displaced across the war-torn country, according to UN figures.

However, the Syrian Center for Policy Research, a Beirut-based NGO, puts the death toll from the five-year conflict at more than 470,000.

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